Two Ships Collided While Overtaking in North Sea


Two Ships Collided While Overtaking In North Sea

A ULCS collided with a general cargo ship as it tried to overtake off Hollum, Netherlands.


Accident type Collision
Vessels involved Ultra large container ship Hong Kong Express and a general cargo ship BBS Sky
Location : 10 nautical miles off Hollum, Netherlands.
Casualties/Oil spill : None.

Details of ship:

Hong Kong Express


Overall length

366.00 m

90.00 m

Moulded beam

48.00 m

13.00 m

Maximum draft

14.50 m

4.00 m


142,018 DWT

3,171 DWT

Gross tonnage

142,295 GRT

2,316 GRT

Built in



Built at

Heavy Industries in Ulsan, South Korea.

Barkmeijer Stroobos in Netherlands

Operated by

German company Hapag Lloyd

Kopervik Shipping

En route

From        Rotterdam to Hamburg

Form Figueira da Foz, Portugal to Szczecin, Poland

At the time of the accident, the ultra large container ship Hong Kong Express and the general cargo ship BBS Sky were travelling on the northern direction.  The ships collided when they tried to overtake one another.

No damage was reported by the container carrier but the general cargo ship had a small scratch above the waterline.  The ship still remained seaworthy and both the vessels continued their voyage.  The vessels were allowed to resume voyages as it estimated only minor damages.  The local authorities were informed and the ships will be inspected in the next port of call.

Source: Maritime News


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